Canon adds four new large-format media for fine art and production markets

Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000 Printer.
Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000 Printer.

Expanding consumables options for its imagePrograf Pro Series of large-format printers, Canon U.S.A. has announced the launch of four new large-format media options, including three media for the fine arts and photography market, as well as a signage media that can be used outdoors.

Canon’s Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media, previously available in cut sheet for its imagePrograf Pro-1000 printers, are now available in 100-foot rolls for those images that were meant to be printed in large format. The first of its kind to be added to the imagePrograf media line-up, Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene paper, expands the applications available for imagePrograf large-format printers.

Canon imagePrograf Pro-2000 Printer.
Canon imagePrograf Pro-2000 Printer.

Ideal for photographers, Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media are available in widths of 17, 24, 36 and 42-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length. Leveraging the image performance of the newly developed Lucia Pro pigment ink, these new media are ideal for customers with 12-channel models, including the new imagePrograf Pro-2000 and Pro-4000 printers.

For prints with vivid colours and deep blacks, the durable Photo Paper Pro Platinum (300 gsm) provides “excellent colour fastness, to help minimize fading or running.” Another medium offering ample fade-resistance, Photo Paper Pro Luster paper (260 gsm), features a “calm” texture that’s resistant to the effects of lighting, making it suitable for exhibition and gallery environments. This photo paper also dries quickly for easy handling.

Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (210 gsm) offers professionals and skilled amateurs a media with a smooth surface quality for “outstanding colour performance.” Ideal for printing black-and-white photography, this paper provides “a natural whiteness, thickness and smooth texture while also offering superb gradations.”

Canon imagePrograf Pro-4000 Printer.
Canon imagePrograf Pro-4000 Printer.

With Canon’s newly developed Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene media, posters can now be displayed outdoors for up to six months without lamination. The durable, synthetic medium uses a binder for water and light resistance, helping to prevent the ink-receiving layer from peeling. The addition of a UV absorber limits density reduction on printed areas to help keep output vibrant over time while exposed to sunlight.

Best-suited for the production signage and poster printing markets, this new media is compatible with existing imagePrograf pigment printers, including the new Pro Series and the imagePrograf branded 12-colour, 8-colour and 6-colour devices. At 115 gsm, the paper is available in widths of 24, 36, 42 and 54-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length.

Toyo Kuwamura.
Toyo Kuwamura.

“Whether printing a photo to be hung in a gallery, or outdoor signage subject to the elements, image quality should be consistently vibrant and beautiful from the moment a picture is captured to the time it leaves the printer,” said Toyo Kuwamura, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With these new media, large-format customers can expect their prints will be created with the same Canon quality they have come to know and love.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.